In a welcome change from the usual sniping and abrasive conduct, Indian and Pakistani soldiers on Tuesday exchanged sweets and pleasantries along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir and Kargil sector.
“A Flag Meeting between Indian and Pakistan soldiers was held in the Kargil sector. The meeting was organised by the Indian side on the occasion of Idd-e-Milad, birthday of Prophet, to extend best wishes and greetings to the Pakistan Army soldiers,” a defence spokesman said.
Further, he said the meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere. Indian and Pakistani troops had exchanged fire in the Kargil sector in August last year. It was after 14 years that ceasefire violations had taken place in the region, which had witnessed a low-intensity war between the two sides in 1999. According to the Army, Pakistani troops had attacked Indian posts in Drass and Kaksar areas of Kargil. The Army had also retaliated and the normalcy and calm could be restored only after the Flag Meetings between the Army officials of the two countries.
The defence spokesman said the meetings between the Indian and Pakistani soldiers was also held at Kaman Aman Setu along the LoC in Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday. Aman Setu is the Army’s last check-point in Uri sector. “The men and officers of Indian and Pakistani Army deployed on Aman Setu greeted each other on the auspicious occasion of Idd-e-Milad and also exchanged sweets,” the spokesman said. He said the meetings between the Army officials had attained importance in the light of the measures being taken to restore normalcy along the LoC.